New Release & European Tour: Devendra Banhart – Taking A Page

Devendra Banhart’s new album, Ma, will be released this Friday on September 13th. Following the release of tracks ‘Kantori Ongaku’ (“Country Music”), ‘Abre Los Manos’ (“Open Your Hands”), and ‘Memorial’ comes ‘Taking a Page’.

Describing the genesis of the song – for which he sought special permission from Carole King to lift a line and melody from her beloved 1971 classic ‘So Far Away’ – Banhart says, “I’m not sure what ‘Taking a Page’ is about, at least I’m not sure of how to synthesize it into something pithy. I definitely know it’s about how much I can’t stand car chases and those long drawn-out guitar solos (though I’ve certainly been guilty of plenty of ‘em!). I do remember the night Trump won – the shock and fear. I instinctively reached for a Carole King album. I knew it would help. I knew it would come in handy… and it did. Still does. I’m so glad Carole got to hear it. It’s really just a song about my entire life. I can’t explain it much beyond that.”

Carole King’s immediate response upon hearing the song? “I like it.”

Take a listen below…

Banhart will begin an extensive North American tour in September, his first tour of North America since 2017. Banhart has also confirmed new European dates in January and February 2020. below for full details…

Jan 22 – Poland | Palladium, Warsaw
Jan 24 – Germany | Tempodrom, Berlin
Jan 25 – Czech Republic | Palac Akropolis, Prague
Jan 26 – Germany | Felsenkeller, Leipzig
Jan 28 – Belgium | Ancienne Belgique. Brussels
Jan 29 – Germany | Carlswerk, Cologne
Jan 30 – Netherlands | Paradiso, Amsterdam
Feb 1 – Netherlands | Annabel, Rotterdam
Feb 2 – Netherlands | Doornroosje, Nijmegen
Feb 4 – UK | Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
Feb 5 – France | Salle Pleyel, Paris
Feb 8 – Switzerland | X-tra, Zurich
Feb 9 – Italy | Teatro Dal Verme, Milan
Feb 11 – Spain | Sala Riviera, Madrid
Feb 13 – Spain | Razzmatazz, Barcelona
Feb 15 – Portugal | Hard Club, Porto
Feb 16 – Portugal | Capitolio, Lisbon

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